Patoo Gamechangers | Kwesi Abbensetts (Artist)

The dynamic Caribbean is animated by the ideas, emotions and actions of a core community of influential insiders. The Patoo Gamechangers, like Kwesi Abbensetts of Guyana, are people who are shaping the Caribbean region from either within the region or in the Diaspora across all corners of the globe. They are passionate, diverse and interesting whether they are corporate, creative or entrepreneurial ventures. 

Name: Kwesi Abbensetts
Instagram Handle: @kwesiabbensetts                                                                 
Age: 39
Profession: Artist
Hometown: 64 Village, Guyana
Now Lives: Brooklyn, NY

Kwesi Abbensetts 

Kwesi Abbensetts 

Three words to describe your style?
Natty times three.

Your personality type is?
A contemplative, somewhat quiet chap.

Your greatest skill is?  
Patience. Seeing the thing beyond the surface.

How do you work?
I try to bring to light (or give form) to the things my mind sees. I don’t dwell too much on technicalities. When inspiration strikes, I work fast and intuitively.

What’s your background?
That’s a broad question.  

What’s integral to the work of an artist?
I can’t possibly speak for all artists; I think the answer differs from person to person. However, for me, the question already holds the answer. Integrity is important.  

What role does the artist have in society?
An artist is an artist, there is no designated role, except what we all do which is living, the Artist reports on that living, and interpreting, and being incisive, being victim to it, being a visitor of it. Mainly the artists is a neutral not-neutral self. That’s the position if you want to know what it feels to be an artist.

Name three artists you’d like to be compared to.
I avoid comparisons; I don’t find them useful. On the contrary, they hinder. I would like my work to be among other good works by other good and great artists.

What's your hidden talent?
I hope to find out, however my talents offer me something new every day.

Who is the last person you texted?  
A good friend.

The person you admire most? 
No one particularly, I admire many, some folks move you more than the most. I admire nature the most I guess, always something new there in the way of creation.

Your favorite art work?
Fela Kuti’s genius work, “Beast Of No Nation”

What’s your favorite app – facebook, instagram, pinterest, twitter, snapchat or periscope? 
I mainly use instagram, Tumblr and twitter.

What do you dislike about your work?
There is no dislike, there maybe criticisms, which is necessary to create good work.

Should art be funded?
Yes.

What role does arts funding have?
It frees artists of mundane obligations of life, giving them the invaluable freedom - space and time - necessary for creation. It can also create avenues for artists to share their ideas with a larger public.helps, and creates spaces for artists and new generations of artists. It helps to preserve and continue cultural heritages and new contemporary developments.

Favorite hotel in the world? 
Haven't had a chance to visit many, so no favorites yet. Ask me again next year.

Coffee or tea? 
Tea

Favorite Brooklyn and Caribbean landmark? 
Chris restaurant on Nostrand ave for their great escovitch fish. Jamaica.

What’s your favorite curse word?
I don’t really curse anymore. I don’t see a reason why I should. Since a curse is a curse, it holds no good. Every now and then though I might let one out - Fuck!

The thing you most value? 
Feeling well in my body.

The most valuable lesson you’ve learned?
To listen to myself.

If you could have one superpower, what would it be?
To build a legacy from my talents.

 

 

People, CulturePaul Morrison